Tiger Mountain Vineyards has Cabernet Franc and Malbec (my favorite as of late) wines from Rabun County, while Crane Creek is near Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. Habersham is popular due to its vicinity near Helen, the alpine village reminiscent of a European Swiss town. Tours and tasting are available at most vineyards.
Wolf Mountain Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega has a delicious Sunday brunch, served buffet style and lunches too on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For the Italian meal visit Monteluce winery and Estates, which I did a while back with friends. Next on my list are Chateau Elan and Three Sisters, which I’ve been to before I wrote my novel “Into the Vines.”
I’m thinking of checking with them on doing a book signing. Maybe they will let me sell my books and they serve lunch! A couple of the vineyards are mentioned in my book so this sounds like a win-win situation. Surreal. I’ll be sure to bring you pictures and stories of these vineyards as I visit them this summer or early fall. Can’t wait!
Monteluce Winery and Estates
This winery is located ten minutes from Dahlonega at 946 Via Monteluce, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533. Phone number is 706-867-4060.
The property consists of 400 acres and from the Tuscan Villa setting atop the endless vistas can be seen from every direction, including the mountains to the north. The 25,000 square foot winery and restaurant serves award wining wines from 10 different grape varieties. There is a tasting room and the Le Vigne Restaurant offers food grown locally and organically.
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner are served, indoors or outdoors, with venues for weddings and honeymoons, too, as they have villas available for rent. All this is close to 400, the main highway out of Atlanta.
I shared a special lunch with friends after a quick drive from the suburbs. We caught up via chatter then enjoyed the delicious lunch and wine tasting, of course, while surrounded by the lavish vine filled hillsides. I believe its time for another trip to Monteluce!
Click below on ExploreGeorgia.org for all the finite details of these wineries mentioned. Purchase my novel Into the Vines by clicking on the above cover, and join us for lunch and a book signing at one of these vineyards. More to come!
By Kim Troike
photography by Kim Troike
pictures at Monteluce Vineyards & Estates